Aerial photo of Newaygo

Explore Spring in NewayGo County

It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the splendor of spring in NewayGo County! Plan a few days of exploring the great outdoors as spring comes into full bloom.  Below learn all about the Top 10 spring weather activities to help you plan you plan a memorable getaway.

Caught salmon

River Fishing

The White River welcomes anglers to try some spring river fishing on over 89 miles of flowing waters. A popular destination year-round, The White River boasts world-class fly fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout. Spring steelhead bring anglers to the water below the Hesperia Dam where they will find a rather small and wading-friendly river system.

Man trail hiking

NCT Hike 100 Challenge

This year, set a goal to explore the North Country Trail with the NCT Hike 100 Challenge. Newaygo County is home to more than 70 miles of the NCT, making it the perfect spot to knock down those miles. The NCT links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in our region and across America’s northern heartlands. The Hike 100 Challenge is a great way to get back to nature. For more information about the Challenge, visit their website at

Paved pathway through park

Go Exploring Challenge

Kiddos been cooped up indoors for way too long? Need something to do with all of that pent up energy? Well, we have just the thing! The NewayGo County Go Exploring Challenge includes over 130 ways to explore our region. This scavenger hunt is a comprehensive list of things to do with the family on a weekend getaway, or a more extended vacation. 

ORV in Newaygo

ORV/ATV Adventure

As the spring thaw begins, we are drawn to the trails to get some mud on the tires and NewayGo County is the perfect destination for some fast-paced ORV/ATV adventure. In 2021, US Forest Service roads were opened to ORV use, adding to hundreds of miles of connected network trails Newaygo County. So, what are you waiting for? Gas up the rig and plan some full throttle trail riding fun!

Cabins at county park

Spring Camping

Rising with the sun on a crisp spring morning, enjoying a cup of coffee as the forest begins to come to life, stillness all around you allowing complete relaxation away from the busy world. This is spring camping in NewayGo County. Why wait until summer to get back to pitch your tent our roll out your camper? Spring camping begins on April 28th. Make your reservations today!

morel mushroom in forest

Morel Hunting

Almost as elusive as Big Foot, the Morel mushroom poses a challenge for even the most experienced hunter. Morel hunters know that when the ground begins to warm and spring rains have arrived, it’s time to head to the woods. Although you aren’t likely to be pointed in the direction of a secret spot, NewayGo County is home to over 100 miles of trails through the Huron-Manistee National Forest providing plenty of hunting land for all those interested in mushrooming.

Dogwood lobby

Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

The Dogwood Center for Performing Arts is a creative force in Newaygo community, providing a diverse range of cultural experiences. Tickets are on sale now for musical, theatrical, and comedic performances and spring is the perfect time to enjoy live shows returning to the Main Stage.

Loda Lake Wildflowers

Loda Lake Wildflower Bloom

As the days get longer and the great outdoors begins to reawaken, we all long to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Spring is when Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary comes to life. Brightly colored blooms contrast against newly green trees along the 1.5-mile trail of the Sanctuary. A perfect way to spend an early spring day reconnecting with nature.

Kids at High Rollaway

High Rollaway

Looking for the perfect spot for a spring picnic, a laid-back hike peppered with scenic views, and a way to experience the Muskegon River without getting wet? The High Rollaway, just a short distance from Downtown NewayGo, provides the perfect destination for all of these things and more. This hidden gem features a picnic spot with an overlook of the river and a staircase that takes you right down to the riverbank. Pack up the family and make your way to the High Rollways for a some spring riverside exploration.

Newaygo History Paintings in Museum

Explore the Arts Trail

25+ art installations are featured on a self-guided tour of NewayGo County’s Art Trail. Follow the route and enjoy original works by regional artists providing a taste of our local culture. Fremont is a great place to begin your art exploration, as you follow a walking trail of 11 public art displays. Spring is the perfect time to explore new places, and NewayGo County invites you to the quaint small towns of our region for a bit of art emersion.


With an abundance of natural resources, NewayGo County has no shortage of things to do when spring flowers begin to bloom. Read stories of the spring experience by clicking on the links below.

ATVs on trail


Newaygo County connects with hundreds of miles of comprehensive trail network for ATV & ORV adventure. Read all about the motorized trail experience in NewayGo County.

Salmon in river

Fly Fishing

Cast a line fly fishing the rivers of NewayGo County from early spring through late fall.

Branstrom Park Bridge

Spring Hiking

Looking to venture out into the wilderness? NewayGo County is home to miles of hiking trails and numerous nature areas that allow you to get outdoor to enjoy the fresh spring air and create an adventure of your own making.

Close up of mountain bikes on trail

Mountain Biking

Our springtime trails invite you to get some mud on the tires. With well-marked marked trails NewayGo County is a great place to spend time on the trails biking the day away.